Having wireless Internet at home is a blessing – especially if you’re the type of person that’s online a lot. But there’s always a chance that even though you need (or maybe just want) wireless Internet, you hate the idea of paying the setup fees and committing to a monthly payment.
While there are usually a restrictions, prepaid wireless Internet is an option. There are numerous companies that offer broadband service and it’s usually installed through the USB port on your computer or laptop. Companies like H2O Wireless, Virgin Mobile and even WalMart have a variety of options available for prepaid Internet for computers and most offer phone service as well.
Depending on which service you invest in, restrictions can be minimal or they can be overbearing to the point of not even being worth it. Make sure you do your research to find out which is which. Some prepaid wireless services won’t allow any email attachments (neither opened nor sent), some aren’t strong enough to support streaming services, and it’s possible that your data amount could run out in the middle of something very important. You have to constantly monitor how much data you’re using, otherwise your bill might end up being more than you’d pay by just signing up with an Internet provider.
Most prepaid wireless Internet services will require you to buy a device that plugs into the USB port of your computer. You then download software, fill your card with a certain amount of data and you’re good to go. That type tends to not work as well if you want to use an iPad or another mobile tablet device. For that, the best bet is to look into buying a device that creates a mobile hotspot. These devices act like a router, but work on the network established by phone companies, and some – like the MiFi mobile hotspot – allow you to connect up to 5 devices.
Again, you pay for what you use so you may increase or decrease the amount you buy each time. Some have a minimum commitment, but others don’t. It’s the perfect balance for someone that only uses the Internet sparingly. Though if you’re the type of person that likes to be able to be logged in to Facebook on your laptop, while Twitter or Pinterest are open on your phone with Netflix playing on your Apple TV in the background, you may need to look into getting a more stable connection.